Poker champ Alex Jacob may have helped Wheel of Fortune contestant win a car
By Bob Garcia
A contest denied a new Audi on the game show received public support from the player
Many people enjoy watching episodes of Wheel of Fortune to witness how contestants can win big prizes through luck and skills; however, one of the recent editions ended with many scratching their heads and full of controversy. It seems that the former professional poker player and champion lent a hand so that the contestant of this program could take home a car since it seems that there was a technicality that caused her to fail.
Charlene Rubush was a contestant who, after passing several stages, made it to the bonus round of the program and only needed to solve a final puzzle to win an Audi Q3. She had only ten seconds to complete the missing letters of a puzzle, with the theme “What are you doing?” After her first guess, “Choose the correct card,” she tried again, “Choose the … correct word!” Rubush answered correctly, but paused for a few seconds between “correct” and “word.”
“You know, this one’s tough because you said all the right words, including the word ‘word,’ but as you know, it has to be more or less continuous,” host Pat Sajak told Rubush, with a hint of disappointment in his voice. “We’ll allow a little pause, but not four or five seconds.”
“I’m sorry,” he continued. “You did a good job getting it, but we can’t give you the award, and it was the Audi.”
Rubush was still able to finish her stint on the show with a total of $16,500 in winnings, but she left behind an Audi Q3, a luxury SUV that costs around $35,900.
The news even reached the ears of Jacob, who was in complete disagreement with the decision the show’s organizers had made. In fact, he took to his official Twitter account to address the show and beg them to change the outcome. His plea and those of other Wheel of Fortune viewers gained traction, and Jacob shared that he had sent a message to Audi to ask for their help. Several hours later, Audi tweeted that Rubush was the winner and that it would award her the Q3.